WASH-US: Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Urban Slums
Community governance for water sanitation in Kolkata slums: a change delivered by SAFE through the HSBC Water Programme
Objectives: To provide urban poor safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, using non-conventional, renewable energy.
Target group: urban poor, slum dwellers. The programme impacts the lives of over 14000 receivers of the project facilities surviving at the bottom of economic pyramid and ensures 24X7 supply of drinking water to nearly 2500 slum households.
Innovation: WASH-US, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene in Urban Slums is a unique project completely based on green technology that deals with an integrated community based intervention on water and sanitation issues in urban slums, the facility titled as WASH-US provides a solar run water treatment plant performing on harvested surface water in adjacent water body with a production capacity of 10 thousand litres WHO standard drinking water per day. In urban slums humans thrive in utter unhygienic conditions, problems includes terrible water crisis, open defecation, notable fact is 67% percent suffer from water borne diseases, most vulnerable are women and children.
An innovative HSBC Water Programme funded project - Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Urban Slums (WASH-US) is using 'water ATMS' to supply safe water and sanitation to 570 households in the Kalikapur Slum in Kolkata. Partnering with South Asian Forum for Environment (SAFE), solar powered water treatment plants are used to deliver drinking water on a 24X7 basis to the communities. In addition, sanitation units along with bio-gas units have been set up. The biogas units use the refuse from the sanitation units to generate energy which is used for providing mid-day meals to the school children in the slum.
Outcome:1. Reduction in infections and water borne diseases by 87% in the community, rendering a cost cut of 35% on average in medical expenses
This model has been replicated by the World Bank and has been implemented in North East India.